There are lots of ideas on keeping toddlers happy in the car on Mom's Minivan. However, they leave out one very, very important tip on that site, as far as keeping your toddler happy and occupied. Total serendipity, but we learned that the best thing to entertain a toddler is...a sibling. Seriously, Liesl and Ava kept each other busy and happy (if not somewhat loudly...) during most of both trips. Who could be bored when you can teach your baby sister all the ins and outs of Peek-a-boo? (Endlessly!!!! Did I mention I forgot to pack ear plugs??)
"Yarn pictures," an activity that uses sandpaper and yarn to create pictures and patterns.
Success! Kept her busy for about an hour on each trip.
Liesl's first visit to the Krohn Conservatory. Tom and I used to visit the conservatory on every trip to Cincinnati, though this is the first time since we've had the kids that we've been there. It's beautiful, interesting, educational, and free.
Every Christmas, they have a life-sized nativity scene with real animals.
Family photo. :-) We don't have many of these, a nice lady at the conservatory offered to do this for us. Worth framing, I think!
Best seat in the houseThe Bonsai collection
Liesl, sleeping in Daddy's old crib, in Daddy's old room. (And she pinched her church shoes out of her suitcase when we weren't looking, and put them on her feet herself after her nap. Thus, the cheesy--and slightly guilty--grin.)